This story is considered legendary and most historians don’t consider it an actual historical fact. However it’s possible it was based on a real story of a Roman woman betraying Rome as all legends tend to have a grain of truth. Legend has it that Tarpeia was a Vestal Virgin who betrayed Rome to the Sabines after the “Rape of the Sabine Women”. The legend goes that while Rome was besieged by the Sabine king Titus Tatius, Tarpeia, daughter of the commander of the citadel, Spurius Tarpeius, approached the Sabine camp and offered them entry to the city in exchange for "what they bore on their left arms". Greedy for gold, she had meant their bracelets, but instead the Sabines threw their shields—carried on the left arm—upon her, crushing her to death in order to set an example, so that no faith might ever be kept with a traitor. Her body was then hurled from (or, according to some accounts, buried at) a steep cliff of the southern summit of the Capitoline Hill. The Sabines were however unable to conquer the Forum, its gates miraculously protected by boiling jets of water created by Janus. A unique detail that Livy adds is the suggestion that Tarpeia was not greedily looking for gold, but was trying to trick the Sabines into giving up their weapons once she let them in. Today I saw a coin I had never seen before with a reverse depicting Tarpeia having shields thrown on her and I think it looks pretty cool. It inspired me to want to see more coins depicting historical Roman events. Please share!